Spring has sprung and that calls for a fresh selection of sneakers.
After the longest winter in history, it calls for a celebration and we’ve got the trainers to brighten even the darkest of lockdown days.
Each month, we compile our favourite footwear drops to have on your radar, so mark your calendars.
From Adidas and Puma, to Nike and Supreme, we have gathered the trainers worth investing in to take your sneaker collection to new heights, including covetable collaborations you will want and need to cop ASAP.
Set to be instant sell outs – run, don’t walk.
Supreme Nike SB Dunk Low
The streetwear bellwether has teamed up with Nike once again for another collaboration that is sure to be an instant sell-out. Supreme has revamped the Dunk Low silhouette with statement design details like a croc pattern on the leather upper and star pattern around the Swoosh. They are available in four colourways.
Nike Women’s Air Jordan 1 Mid Apricot Orange
Prepare to add yet another pair of sneakers to your collection with the irresistible apricot hue of these Air Jordan 1s. With the signature cross of basketball and street-ready style, the women’s trainer has a vibrant pastel shade with pops of what the brand is calling Fuel Orange. Run, don’t walk.
Adidas Forum Low Shoes
First on the style agenda in ‘84, it is clear to see while these archival Adidas trainers are having a revival. The shoe has a retro feel, while still remaining bang on trend. There’s a cross strap and lace design with bold contrasts of blue (although they are also available in all-white).
Puma Rudolf Dassler Legacy
In honour of the brand’s founder, Puma has relaunched an array of its now cult styles from their archives dating back to 1948 in a collection dedicated to Rudolf Dassler and the huge impact that he made on the pitch, track, court and streets. The models feature the original Dassler branding and are crafted from leather.
Vaults by Vans and Taka Hayashi the OG Style 24 LX and OG Style 47 LX
Designer Taka Hayashi has looked to Formula One as the inspiration for this latest collection for Vans. On the OG Style 24 LX, you’ll find a classic racing-inspired pattern - the black and white or white and off-white Checkerboard print. This is set on a canvas upper, paired with contrast piping, and a textured rubber toe cap. For the second shoe, Hayashi has dipped into the archives to resemble racing suits from the 1970s. The latter is available in two colourways; blue and raven and black.
The recent drops to have on your radar…
Converse x Carhartt Wip Chuck 70 Hi ICONS
Workwear label turned street style staple, Carhartt is lending its signature aesthetic to the iconic Converse Chuck 70 silhouette. There are two colourways for the All Stars that take inspiration from the recurring motifs in the brand’s collections; camo print and brown. Both are crafted with robust, durable fabrics in line with the brand’s DNA with subtle logo detailing and a cushioned OrthoLite insole for added comfort.
Puma Cali Star and Cali Star Metallic
The latest additions to the Cali collection comes in the form of these brand spanking new white on white on shoes that you’ll want to keep clean at all costs. The sleek silhouette has crisp and elegant design details with a leather upper and perforated vamp. For the Metallics, you’ll find an mirrored accent on the heel and a removable lace piece.
Saucony Originals Jazz 81
In honour of the 40th anniversary of this silhouette, Saucony is reviving its most popular shoe of all time with a modern revamp. When the sneaker was launched in 1981, it changed the running game with technologically advanced design details that harked back to the basics of what a running shoe needed to be. For 2021, the Jazz 81 has the same look of its predecessor to give you all the retro feels. There’s a range of colourways.
Timberland Garrison Trail Sneaker
Your Timberland boots may have been your go-to when the snow falls, but have you seen the brand’s Garrison Trail sneakers? In line with the surge in walking, the brand has the shoe to match. They are crafted from TimberDry waterproof membrane that is made from 50 per cent recycled plastic, a more sustainable ‘Better Leather’ and a ReBOTL fabric using repurposed plastic bottles. The sole is kitted out with TimberGrip technology to keep you safe and supported no matter the terrain.
Taking inspiration from the archive shoes, Hedra has been given a stylish upgrade as part of the Fashion Rebels collection. The shoes have bold design elements with pops of neon and pastel shades and a mix of materials. The soles are suitably chunky and the upper is crafted from a combination of mesh and suede.
Vans x Where’s Waldo trainers
Vans has partnered up with a true literary icon, Waldo - or as we know him here in the UK, Wally - to create two shoe styles for kids and big kids at heart. The designs tap into the pictures from the iconic books. The Era silhouette is adorned with a postage stamp pattern featuring the characters that you know and love, while the Old Skool models have the same red and white stripes as the eponymous star’s shirt. The latter is further embellished with question mark laces.
Replay x Puma women’s high top trainers
The Italian fashion label best known for its denim creations has partnered up with Puma for a limited-edition shoe. The Ralph Sampson by Puma for Replay takes a retro approach to its design with a traditional basketball aesthetic with nods to both brands’ signatures. They are also crafted with Ecostone – a more eco-friendly process that uses less water.
PUMA Mirage Mox
Bring your sneaker collection into 3020 with these futuristic shoes from Puma. A mash up of an archival silhouette with next-gen design points, the Mirage Mox may resemble a 90s running shoe but it’s very much fashion-ready and sure to be a hit with the street style set. It is elevated with pops of neon, a mix of textures and takes inspiration from electronic music.
Hoka The Gold Standard
Long a go-to label for athletes, Hoka is now treating its loyal fan base to iterations of its Clifton 7 (£125), Clifton Edge (£140) and Elevon 2 (£140) in a limited-edition gold hue.
Yatay x No More Plastic trainers
We are all trying to do our bit to reduce our plastic consumption and that can extend to your footwear thanks to Milanese sustainable shoe brand Yatay. The brand has teamed up with No More Plastic to redesign the label’s signature Irori style but this time, entirely free from any plastic. Using bio-based ingredients like wood, corn and rubber, they are also given a stylish twist in partnership with ambassadors Amelia Windsor, Azza Slimene, Cindy Bruna and Helena Christensen who have lent their creative eye to the playful colourways. 50 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to No More Plastic.
Allbirds Wool Piper
Sustainable footwear and accessories label Allbirds has launched a new silhouette as part of its ever-growing eco-conscious range. The Wool Piper is crafted from superfine merino wool that not only brings style points but is also breathable, temperature-regulating, moisture wicking and extremely comfortable. The wool is sourced from New Zealand which uses 60 per cent less energy than synthetic fabrications and is certified ZQ-Merino confirming the highest standard farming and animal welfare. The shoes are available for men and women and come in a range of neutral colourways; grey, black and white as well as a garden blue hue.
PUMA Kyron Wild Beasts
Puma is harking back to its archives to create this rebellious style that is brimming with fashion-forward design elements. The shoes feature a mesh upper with suede overlays and metallic detailing.
Superga Organic Collection
Superga has launched the brand’s first Organic Collection where it has taken the classic silhouettes and given it an eco-friendly twist. While the styles are almost identical, they are now crafted with materials as well as practises that have less impact on the environment. The shoes are crafted from 60 per cent organic cotton, 40 per cent natural hemp, 100 per cent organic thread, a natural cork insole and a 50 per cent recycled rubber sole, all sourced from local suppliers with durability and future recycling taken into consideration.
Veja The Urca
Fashion’s favourite trainer label Veja is adding a new sporty style to its range, the Urca. The shoe is a vegan version of the classic V-12 silhouette where it is crafted from a bio-sourced and biodegradable material, Corn Waste Leather. This is a waxed canvas that comes in part from corn waste produced by the food industry but has a leather feel. The shoe has a minimalistic design but will be available with six bright and neutral accent colourways.
Converse All Star Move and Run Star Hike Low
When we saw that Converse launched its Run Star Hike in a low variation, we knew we had to add it to basket as quickly as we possibly could. Featuring the heightened midsole with rubber heel, these trainers offer height for those that prefer it low. The brand released this silhouette alongside a new seasonal drop that takes the Chuck Taylor All Star to the next level - literally. The All Star Move features a modern and streamlined version of the covetable platform sneaker with improved comfort. They also have a translucent ankle patch and houndstooth detail.
Nizza Platform Mid Shoes
These retro inspired sneakers are set to be one of the most covetable - you heard it here first. They feature an oversized sole that is ideal for those of us who appreciate a little extra height and in either black or white.
New Balance 327 in new colourways
This month, New Balance launched new colourways of the 327 in July. The shoe takes its inspiration from running trainers of the 1970s in a range of bold and highly covetable colour combinations.
Puma Rider “Stream On”
Puma is launching not one but two silhouettes as part of its “Stream On” collection. The Fast Rider (£75) comes in two colourways with a mesh upper, reinforced toe and heel and logo detailing. The sole is fitted with a stud grip. They are available in grey with white and black accents and white with red, blue and white accents. While the Style Rider (£80) comes in three hues with an exclusive women’s only colour. Get the red, white and black pair, white with green or exclusive white with orange and green detailing.